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The United States Department of Justice:
Former College President Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Campaign Finance Fraud  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau …
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Dinesh D'Souza Indicted for Campaign Finance Fraud  —  Dinesh D'Souza.  (Wikimedia)  —  Dinesh D'Souza, a controversial political commentator, author and former president of King's College, was indicted today by a grand jury for alleged campaign finance fraud, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office announced this evening.
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Dinesh D'Souza Is Charged With Using Straw Donors  —  Dinesh D'Souza, a best-selling conservative author and filmmaker, was indicted on Thursday on charges that he used straw donors to illegally donate to a 2012 Senate campaign.  —  Mr. D'Souza is an outspoken political commentator who directed …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Dinesh D'Souza indicted for violating U.S. election law  —  Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.  —  According to an indictment made public …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Author Dinesh D'Souza Charged With Campaign Finance Fraud  —  Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza has been indicted on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws, the the U.S attorney in Manhattan announced on Thursday.  —  The indictment accused D'Souza of participating …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dinesh D'Souza indicted for campaign finance fraud
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
'2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws
Discussion: Variety and NPR
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Huckabee: Dems think women can't control their libido  —  Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) said Thursday that Republicans need to take a more combative attitude toward winning the votes of women, by emphasizing that women aren't weaklings in need of help from the government.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
NBC, CNN Reporters Pounce on Huckabee's ‘Libido’ Comments; Forced to Issue Corrections  —  Entertainer and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared on Thursday to play right into the hands of the Democrats with a full frontal offensive in the “War on Women.”
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee: Gov't Shouldn't Help Women Who Can't Control Libidos
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Dems view women as ‘helpless’
Discussion: CNN
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Huge ‘Super PAC’ Is Moving Early to Back Clinton  —  The Obama political operation that once buried Hillary Rodham Clinton's White House ambitions is now rapidly converging around her possible 2016 presidential bid, conferring on Mrs. Clinton enormous early advantages in money, expertise and voter targeting techniques.
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Arem Duplessis / The 6th Floor:
How Our Hillary Clinton Cover Came About
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
19 Things That The New York Times Magazine “Planet Hillary” Cover Looks Like
Discussion: She The People and Gothamist
Jonathan Dienst / nbcnewyork.com:
Exclusive: Federal Probe into New Jersey Sen. Menendez Is Widening  —  The Justice Department is investigating Menendez's efforts on behalf of two businessmen from Ecuador  —  The federal criminal investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is broader than previously known, NBC 4 New York has learned.
Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Mystery of the Lyubov Orlova: Ghost ship full of cannibal rats ‘could be heading for Britain’  —  A ghost ship carrying nothing but disease-ridden rats could be about to make land on Britain's shore, experts have warned.  —  The Lyubov Orlova cruise liner has been drifting across …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Rand Paul Is the 2016 Republican Frontrunner  —  Don't laugh.  He has built-in advantages in Iowa and New Hampshire, a party moving in his direction, and formidable fundraising potential.  —  If Chris Christie was ever the frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he isn't anymore.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul to give post-SOTU speech
Discussion: Mediaite
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
‘Vindictive ... p***k’ Chris Christie accused of THIRD political revenge act as Democrats say he shut down urban DMV office because they opposed him  — Elizabeth, NJ lost its Motor Vehicle Commission office at the end of 2010, leaving locals without a place for licenses and vehicle tags
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Weasel Zippers
Kolten Parker / MySanAntonio.com:
Gov. Rick Perry for decriminalization of pot  —  SAN ANTONIO — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he's for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for marijuana users in the border state.  —  Perry made the comment during …
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Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
Gov. Rick Perry, in Davos, touts Texas as model for progressive drug policy short of decriminalization
Discussion: Hit & Run and Post Politics
Ewan Palmer / International Business Times:
London Underground: Victoria Line Suspended After Concrete Poured into Control Room  —  London's Victoria tube line is currently suspended after an engineering team flooded a control room with fast-setting concrete.  —  Photos appearing on the UsVsth3m webiste appear to show …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
MiamiHerald.com:
Justin Bieber arrested in Miami Beach over DUI, drag-racing  —  After allegedly smoking pot all day, drinking beer and popping anti-depressants, bad-boy pop star Justin Bieber went on a wild pre-dawn drag race in Miami Beach that landed him in jail Thursday morning, police said.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Pope Cautions Catholics Against ‘Bombarding People With Religious Messages’  —  Pope Francis on Thursday said that Catholics should start a conversation about their beliefs in order to promote their message, not simply tout their perspective.  —  “Effective Christian witness …
Discussion: ncronline.org
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Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Pope: Internet Is a ‘Gift From God’ for Dialogue
TIME:
Revenge-Porn King Hunter Moore Indicted on Federal Charges  —  Moore and an alleged accomplice Charles “Gary” Evens were indicted on 15 counts, including conspiracy, seven counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and seven counts of aggravated identity theft
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
As Seen in ‘Goodfellas’: Arrest Is Made in '78 Lufthansa Robbery  —  The crime gripped the public's imagination, for both its magnitude and its moxie: In the predawn hours of Dec. 11, 1978, a group of masked gunmen seized about $6 million in cash and jewels from a cargo building at Kennedy International Airport.
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Campaign to Re-elect Christie Is Subpoenaed  —  Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have issued grand jury subpoenas to Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign and to the state Republican Party as part of a preliminary inquiry into accusations that aides to Mr. Christie shut down access lanes …
Daniel Bice / JSOnline:
Welder lauded by Scott Walker in speech is sex offender  —  By Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  Emphasizing his role as a job creator, Gov. Scott Walker praised Christopher Barber's initiative during the governor's annual “state of the state” speech on Wednesday.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Why the 2014 Senate Races Matter So Much  —  Yesterday I laid out some scenarios for the 2014 Senate races.  At President Obama's current job approval rating, Democrats would likely suffer substantial losses in the upper chamber.  On the other hand, if the president were to improve his standing …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend  —  The State of the Union is a grand tradition—but only if people are listening.  —  So the president's State of the Union address is Tuesday night, and it's always such a promising moment, a chance to wake everyone up and say “This I believe” and “Here we stand.”
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Paul Ryan doesn't want to be House speaker  —  SAN ANTONIO — Rep. Paul Ryan said he does not want to be speaker of the House, a declaration that will cause reverberations in Republican leadership circles in Washington.  —  During a wide-ranging luncheon in a hotel ballroom here Thursday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Human Rights Campaign Blog:
Utah Special Attorney General Cites “Religious Duty” in Decision to Take Anti-Marriage Equality Case
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